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AROUND THE REGION

January 26, 2009

Police say boy, 14, fatally shot during argument

Police reported they were checking several leads in the fatal shooting yesterday afternoon of a 14-year-old boy in the city's Parklane community, adding that his death appeared to be the result of an argument he had with another boy over a girl. The victim was identified as Juan Johnson of the nearby 4600 block of Reisterstown Road. Johnson was the city's fifth homicide victim under the age of 18 this year. Shortly before 1:30 p.m., Northwestern District police responding to a report of a person shot in the 4400 block of Pall Mall Road near Wylie Avenue found Juan lying in the street, bleeding from at least one gunshot wound to the head, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. Monroe said the boy was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to nearby Sinai Hospital, where he died less than an hour later in the emergency room. Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment in the youth's slaying.

Richard Irwin

Police shoot, kill man after woman is stabbed in back

City police officers shot and killed a man in Southeast Baltimore early yesterday, police said. The incident occurred about 3 a.m. as officers responded to a report of an assault in the 200 block of N. Luzerne Ave., said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. When police arrived, he said, they found a man who had broken into a residence and stabbed his pregnant 26-year-old estranged girlfriend multiple times in the back. Police ordered the man to drop the knife he was holding, Harris said. He refused to do so, and officers used their Tasers on him, Harris said. The man then came after the officers again, Harris said, so they pulled out their service weapons. Two officers shot at him, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. The wounded man was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Harris said, and died shortly thereafter. The 26-year-old woman was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The woman and the unborn baby are expected to be released from the hospital soon, authorities said. Neither the man nor woman was identified, pending notification of kin, Harris said.

Arin Gencer

Essex man, 35, charged in two Harford robberies

An Essex man charged in two armed robberies in Harford County is scheduled for bond review today, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. John R. Schultz, 35, of the 1800 block of Cape May Road is charged with multiple counts, including armed robbery, robbery, theft over $500, first-degree assault and carrying a concealed deadly weapon, according to a news release distributed yesterday by the sheriff's office. Schultz was arrested Thursday in Baltimore and taken to the Harford County Detention Center, where he was being held without bond, the sheriff's office said. The robberies occurred Tuesday at a Royal Farms in Churchville and Thursday at a 7-Eleven in Bel Air. Nearly 40 cartons of cigarettes and $80 were stolen in the first incident. Cigarettes, food and about $500 were stolen in the second, according to the sheriff's office.

Goucher, Towson U. heads to speak at town hall event

The Greater Towson Committee will hold a town hall meeting on "Living, Learning and Earning: Embracing the Value of Towson University and Goucher College" at 6 p.m. today in Towson University's Minnegan Room of the Unitas Stadium fieldhouse on Auburn Drive. Goucher College President Sanford J. Ungar and Towson University President Robert L. Caret will discuss their schools' arts and cultural events, campus development plans, athletics programs and economic impact on greater Towson. The meeting is free to the public, but reservations are required at gtc@greatertowson.com or 410-825-2549.

Heritage group's meeting to feature review, proposal

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The Friends of Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Catonsville Historical Society, 1824 Frederick Road (snow date is Feb. 3). Mary Ann Lisanti, executive director of the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, will discuss creating a heritage area, and a review of 2008 accomplishments will be presented. The meeting is open to the public. Information: 410-480-0824.

Closures for bridge over Susquehanna on U.S. 40

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The U.S. 40 bridge over the Susquehanna River will be closed to overnight westbound traffic this week for deck-replacement work, the Maryland Transportation Authority said. The closings on the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge will begin at 8:30 tonight through 5 a.m. tomorrow morning, and will continue the rest of the week with the same hours until Saturday morning. Traffic will be detoured onto Interstate 95. Starting at 9 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night, at 4:30 a.m. tomorrow and Wednesday, eastbound traffic on the bridge will face possible delays of about 30 minutes as work crews move barrier walls.

Detours for emergency N. Hilton Road repairs

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